President Trump shook up the political airwaves on Friday when he endorsed J.D. Vance in the Republican primary election for Senate in Ohio.
No candidate has emerged as a clear favorite in the crowded race, but the seal of approval from the 45th president is sure to boost Vance’s polling numbers.
Trump admitted in a lengthy statement that the choice “was not an easy endorsement” because he respects “some of the other candidates.” However, the author of Hillbilly Elegy “is our best chance for victory,” said Trump. For Trump, this is no time to “play games” as he seeks to fill the halls of Congress with America First Republicans.
Vance was previously a critic of President Trump, but the Florida-based billionaire has forgiven the Ohioan. “J.D. Vance may have said some not-so-great things about me in the past, but he gets it now,” Trump wrote. Anticipating a tough road to victory, “it is all about winning,” he added.
Notwithstanding the massive amount of money that the Democrat opponent has, Vance is the “most likely,” option to emerge victoriously, Trump predicted.
For this reason, “J.D. will destroy him in debates and will fight for the MAGA movement in the Senate.” Vance’s strict border policies, willingness to break up Big Tech, and his “tough on crime” approach are characteristics Trump looks for in a candidate.
Some have questioned the 45th president’s ability to persuade the Republican base, but Texas primary elections answered the naysayers. In March, 33 Trump-endorsed conservatives paraded to the finish line in first place.
Therefore, Vance has good reason to believe that voters will answer Trump’s call to “unite behind J.D.’s campaign” to “Make America Great Again.”